Second Sunday of Easter – Liturgy Preparation
Even though a week has passed since Easter Sunday, today’s liturgy is still filled with good news. We praise God for the life and love poured out for us in the raising of Jesus, which makes divine mercy possible — and available to all. Penitential Rite: Let us celebrate this mercy: God’s love for us never ends! (pause)
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Acts 2:42-47 — For the whole season of Easter, the first reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles; today’s segment describes how the early Christians lived.
1 Peter 1:3-9 — In the second reading, Peter sets out the reasons for our hope.
John 20:19-31 — The Gospel contains the story of Thomas coming to terms with Jesus’ resurrection.
The General Intercessions
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our prayers to God, whose love for us has no end.
Intercessions (announced by the deacon, cantor or another person)
- For those who have been baptised this Easter and for every one of us already baptised, that the faith of all may grow stronger each day. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For our Church, as we rejoice in the beatification of John Paul II, that from his place in heaven he may guide us along the way of mercy and truth. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For people who struggle with doubt, that they may become convinced of Christ’s victory over sin and death. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For the sick, and especially those affected by Parkinson’s Disease, that the prayers of John Paul the Great may bring them courage and peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those who have died (especially N & N), that may share the glory of Christ’s resurrection. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Loving God, you are our help, our strength and our salvation: hear and answer the prayers we make in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Other Liturgical Suggestions
The Easter Water may be sprinkled at the end of the Penitential Rite (c-vi). Alleluia is sung at every Mass. Preface of Easter 1. Eucharistic Prayer 3. Solemn Blessing 6 (Easter Sunday). Dismissal with alleluias. The Second Sunday of Easter is also Divine Mercy Sunday. The image of ‘The Divine Mercy’ may be displayed in the church, and attention drawn to it at the start of Mass.
‘Christ is Alive’, ‘Now the Green Blade Rises’, ‘Ag Críost an Síol’